May 17 - June 27, 2020

Jean Diederich

Points Total

  • 0 Today
  • 0 This Week
  • 1,101 Total

Participant Impact

  • up to
    1
    documentaries
    watched
  • up to
    90
    minutes
    spent learning
  • up to
    308
    pounds
    packaging waste avoided
  • up to
    29
    plastic containers
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    29
    pieces of plastic cutlery
    not sent to the landfill
  • up to
    97
    pounds
    waste recycled

Jean's Actions

Belongings

Needs vs. Wants

I will adopt a "Needs vs. Wants" approach and only buy things I need.

COMPLETED 37
DAILY ACTIONS

At Home

Reduce Paper Shredding

I will reduce the amount of shredded paper I generate by only shredding portions of documents with confidential information and recycling the rest.

COMPLETED 19
DAILY ACTIONS

Food

Be Smart About Food Labels

I will learn about food labels and not throw food out just based on date on the package, but instead check the smell and color to see if it has gone bad.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Buy Reusable Bathroom Products

I will replace my [item] with reusable [item] in the bathroom.

Completed
One-Time Action

Family/Kids

Pack Waste-Free Lunch Boxes

I will only pack reusable cutlery, drinkware and tupperware-like containers in my children's lunches to reduce plastic waste.

COMPLETED 29
DAILY ACTIONS

Community

Watch a Documentary

I will watch a documentary film about waste with family and friends and talk about what we learned.

Completed
One-Time Action

Personal Care

Reduce Makeup Use

I will simplify my cosmetic routine or reduce my use of cosmetics.

Completed
One-Time Action

At Home

Recycle Paper, Cardboard, Plastic, Metal and Glass

My household will recycle all paper, metal, plastic and glass that is accepted in my curbside or building program.

COMPLETED 41
DAILY ACTIONS

Belongings

Have a Zero-Waste Day

I will refuse all items associated with packaging for the entire day.

COMPLETED 40
DAILY ACTIONS

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  • Jean Diederich 6/29/2020 1:08 PM
    I am more discerning on what I put in the garbage, what can be composted, what can be purchased without packaging, what I can give away and - most importantly - do I really need an item.  In the past three weeks I had one small bag of garbage.  The compost bin was full with compostables and the recycle bin was full as I cleaned out two closets.
  • Reflection Question
    Belongings Needs vs. Wants
    How is creativity necessary for practicing simplicity and adopting a needs vs. wants mindset?

    Jean Diederich 5/22/2020 11:31 AM
    It boils down to this simple statement from my parents, "Your wants will not kill you, your needs might."  Wanting candy would not kill me, needing good food and not getting it might.  Same thing with clothing - need clothes in Minnesota but don't need new clothing - reduce, reuse, recycle.
  • Reflection Question
    Belongings Have a Zero-Waste Day
    Were there any moments that surprised you when you refused packaging items? What were the hardest items to avoid?

    Jean Diederich 5/21/2020 11:27 AM
    I think that meat is the hardest to avoid packaging.  Even the paper is lined with a smooth coating so not able to compost it.  That is fine as do not need to eat as much meat anyway.
  • Reflection Question
    At Home Recycle Paper, Cardboard, Plastic, Metal and Glass
    What motivates you the most to recycle: protecting the environment, future generations, creating jobs in the recycling industry, because your neighbors do it, or some other reason?

    Jean Diederich 5/18/2020 3:43 PM
    Continuing a long-standing family tradition of reduce, reuse, recycle before thinking about getting anything new.